I love to sew

I love to sew

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Project Runway Inspired Tunic

Not a Project Runway pattern you say?? I didn't say pattern I said " inspired" tunic. I like to sew while watching Project Runway! I started with the Cynthia Rowley pattern above. I made my usual FBA and then had to do a bit of finagling to fit all the pieces on the fabric after I managed a huge snag in the fabric.

I added 1" to the side seams from the waist down for more of an A-line shape and shortened the hem 3". I drafted a "kangaroo" pocket for the front because I wanted an "artsy, fartsy" design. Finally I drafted a front and back facing and cut it from the faux leather I scored at the American Sewing Expo in 2013. What really drew me to this pattern is the slit elbow sleeves. This tunic stitched up very fast, came out exactly like I envisioned and is super comfortable. Although the neckline is a little wonky, it's not a deal breaker and will be in regular rotation with my new-to-me casual style. I plan to wear it with leggings and boots. There will be another rendition of this tunic. I do need to fine tune the elbow slita. It seems my slits aren't allowing my elbows to stick out as I envisioned but it's certainly bears repeating. The fabric is from JoAnns and was 60% it's original price.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Just checking in

I've been a very lazy blogger lately. I haven't been sewing as much as I usually do but I'm still getting it in. I've been making tons of cards and you can check those out at my other blog at "I'm Black Martha."

Mostly I've been dealing with a health issue. I was told I had asthma but that just didn't sit right with me. Through research and perseverance I more or less diagnosed myself. Now the doctors have all agreed. I have been suffering from sarcoidosis for at least five years! WTH. I thought all my aches and pains and symptoms were a part of the aging process. That is until my blood pressure topped out at 191/104 and resting pulse rate was 94. I knew something was wrong! I'm currently on medication and a heart monitor while they try to figure out how much damage has been done to my lungs in particular and other organs.

Just image, I've had four surgeries in that five years which have more or less remained inflamed for just as long! The main treatment is steroids and before you say it "long-term use almost always guarantees an enormous weight gain." What a bummer. If the steroids can give me some relief I'm all for them. I started the steroid therapy on Wednesday. I can't believe I woke up Thursday morning with no joint aches! I mean not a single one. I am just thrilled. I'm still very tired but now that I'm getting some relief, maybe I'll be more in the mood to sew.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pattern Review 6841

Pattern Description: 
Loose-fitting, pullover tops have draped front and back collar.
Pattern Sizing:
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Exactly

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were easy albeit a little tricky to wrap your mind around.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the styling of the finished garment and that I didn't have to do my usual FBA. I don't necessarily like how low the front hangs and how low the neck opening is.. I made view C and it fits like a tunic.

Fabric Used: I used a very drapey ITY like knit that was gifted to me from Carolyn Norman of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic. It feels absolutely fabulous against my skin. I sewed almost entirely on the serger in less than an hour. The picture on the dressform is more true to the actual color.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added 1" to the side seams and I'm glad I did. I also sewed the center front an additional 3".
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I'll certainly sew this again as soon as I find another suitable fabric.
Conclusion: This top would great for camouflaging your midsection.